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  • 2013 - looking back

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock/News-Herald Staff

    As we look back at the year 2013, its clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same. At the same time, the community is always looking for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving its history.
    At the beginning of 2014, we take a moment to look back and remember where we have been.

  • Making Christmas bright

    Owen County volunteer firefighters are no stranger to putting their lives on the line to protect local citizens.
    And when it comes to giving back to the community, that sense of commitment doesn’t falter.
    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department, the Jonesville Fire Department and Owen County Search and Rescue recently came together for another successful coat and non-perishable food drive.
    2013 marks the third year for the annual drive that began in 2011 after Daryl Hearne brought the idea to the attention of the fire departments.

  • West looks back at 2013 and ahead to next year

    As 2013 comes to a close, Owenton Mayor Doug West is hopeful the next year will see more business within the City of Owenton.
    The Owenton City Council approved a resolution in 2012 for a three-year tax break from the city for any new businesses in town.
    West said he had hoped other taxing districts would follow suit but there was never any response from the districts.

  • Homecoming royalty

    Owen County High School presented the 2013-14 basketball homecoming court during the Rebels’ game Friday against Henry County High School. Pictured are (from left to right) OCHS homecoming prince Ross Ford and princess Ashley Smith; Queen Krissy Swiggert; King Jesse McCracken. The homecoming court also included (front, left to right) Alex Estes, Maison Hedger and Briton Stafford. Not pictured Maylee Bastin.

  • Robots returning to Owen and they need helping hands

    The robots are coming back to Owen County and this time, they need humans.
    The Owen County High School will once again host a VEX robotics event in which teams of students compete against each other using homemade robots to perform tasks as well as battle against each other. On the line is a chance to advance to an international competition in Anaheim, Calif. and a shot at a national championship.
    According to VEX event coordinator Rusty Willhoite, the Owen County event will draw competitors from across Kentucky as well as other states.

  • Sheriff still investigating break-in at local church

    An anonymous reward is still being offered for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect that ransacked a local church earlier this month.
    The break-in took place Dec. 2 at Elk Lick Baptist Church, located at 6095 Claxon Ridge Rd.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said a window was broken out of the basement where the suspect or suspects entered.
    “They ransacked through everything in the church,” Hammond said earlier this month.

  • Owen County teacher achieves National Board Certification

    Brandy Lusby Neal, a first grade teacher at Owen County Lower Elementary in the Owen County district, has achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-review process.
    Like board certification in professions such as medicine and architecture, National Board Certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in teaching, according to a statement from the organization.

  • Citizens Union Bancorp announces management appointments

    Citizens Union Bancorp of Shelbyville, Inc., the parent company for Citizen Union Bank in Shelbyville and First Farmers Bank in Owenton, announced the following executive management appointments effective Dec. 1 as approved by the parent company and respective affiliate bank boards of directors:
    David Bowling – chief executive officer of Citizens Union Bank
    Darryl Traylor – chairman and chief executive officer of First Farmers Bank and president of Citizens Union Bank
    David Lyons – president of First Farmers Bank

  • From our vault

    When the News-Herald moved into our new building, we uncovered boxes of old photos in the former darkroom. Some of the photos had simple descriptions on the back while others were blank. Take a moment to check out these pictures and submit the names of anyone you recognize and what they are doing. We will publish the photos again in a couple of weeks with any answers. Send your answers to jwhitlock@owentonnewsherald.com, drop them at our office at 154 West Bryan Street or mail them to: News-Herald Vault Photos, P.O. Box 219, Owenton, Ky., 40359.

  • Historic New Liberty parsonage undergoes renovation

    As one enters the community of New Liberty, the first landmark seen is the Edwardian (post Victorian) house circa 1886.
    Known as the New Liberty Baptist Church parsonage, this beautiful red brick home was built by B.E. Garvey and his wife Eva. This home was donated April 1908 to the New Liberty Baptist Church.
    Established 1801, The New Liberty Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches in the state of Kentucky.
    The Garvey’s desired that this landmark be a home for ministers and their families for the duration of the life of the church.